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State takes step toward a Constitutional Convention

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Rep. Franklin Foil, R-Baton Rouge, testifies on behalf of a constitutional convention, the first for the state in 43 years. The House Appropriations Committee approved the proposal unanimously.

BATON ROUGE — The House Appropriations Committee Monday unanimously approved a bill that gets the ball rolling for Louisiana’s first constitutional convention in 43 years.

Rep. Franklin Foil, R-Baton Rouge, testified for Rep. Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans, who is sponsoring House Bill 456. It establishes the convention, a meeting of 132 elected delegates who meet at the Capitol for six months to rehash Louisiana’s constitution, particularly concerning how the state receives and spends its money.

Ron Sapia of LaFourche Parish, a proponent of the convention, compared it to the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, the state’s way of aiding Louisiana students to

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